Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Trooper David W. Cunniff

New York State Police, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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Reflections for Trooper David W. Cunniff



December 18, 2013

Rest in Peace my brother, it is our watch now.

Officer B. Ruth
Baltimore County Police Department

December 18, 2013

Godspeed brother. Our hearts go out to your family and the NYSP.

Road Patrol
Granville, New York Police

December 18, 2013

Rest In Peace Trooper.

Trooper, SP Boston (H4)
Massachusetts State Police

December 18, 2013

Godspeed Trooper Cunniff. Our hearts go out to your family and your brothers and sisters of the NYSP.

Granville Police Department

December 18, 2013

Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you - Luke 10:19. RIP.

SA 4975

December 18, 2013

One-Nine-Zero, side by side... Rest in Peace my brother

New York State Police Malone

December 18, 2013

May the Lord bring peace and comfort to your family Trooper David Cunniff, as you prepare to patrol the streets of heaven.

JCOS TW Martinez
CYFD/JJS State of New Mexico

December 18, 2013

RIP my brother of the badge, God Bless your Family,
friends, Department.

Retired Police Officer, Bob Reed
South Lake Tahoe PD

December 18, 2013

This poem was written after getting my wife’s 19 years perspective of being a police officer’s wife.

“He Does it For You!”

He doesn’t do it for the money,
Cause surely there’s something better to do,
He says, “Someone has to do it!”
So really, he does it for you.

His eight to twelve hours is from call to call,
From a murder to a cat in a tree,
You say he’s never around when you really need him,
But without him, where would you be?

You curse him when you get a speeding ticket,
And scream there’s something better he could do,
But have you looked at how many deaths there are on the highways,
So really, he’s doing it for you.

He’s always seeing so much bad in the world,
He really doesn’t know what to do,
He wonders sometimes if it’s even worth it,
But he knows he has to do it for you.

Each day when he leaves for work,
And I always kiss him good-bye,
I don’t know if I’ll see him again,
Cause the day might be the day he dies.

So many times he comes home from work,
And I see a small tear in his eyes,
I ask him what is the problem dear?
And he says another innocent person has died.

You always say a cop isn’t human,
Cause at a tragedy he’s cool from the start,
But you don’t have to live with him,
And watch his mind and heart break apart.

I remember one hot June night at work,
His supervisor came, “Your husband’s been hurt!”, he said,
It was such a long ride to the hospital,
They wouldn’t say if he was alive or dead.

Crime is always on the increase,
The streets a battle ground,
And when one in “Blue” is slain,
At the funeral-taps will sound.

He’ll lay in a flagged draped coffin,
An honor for those who die for this land,
Just like the Army, Navy and Marines,
He died by the enemies hands.

Most ordinary citizens won’t be at the funeral,
But you’ll see plenty of people wearing blue,
You’ll see dozens of marked patrol cars,
Honoring the one who died for you.

Written by David L Bell Copyright © 1991
Retired Deputy Sheriff after over 38 years
Richland County Sheriff’s Dept
Columbia, SC

Investigator David L Bell (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Collumbia, SC

December 18, 2013

RIP brother your shift is finished. Job well done. My prayers for you and for your family. God Bless.

Capatain (Retired) William Flesch
Minot Police Dept, Minot, ND.

December 18, 2013

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO! May God
Give the family and friends the strength and faith to deal with this tragic loss. Words can not express my sorrow!

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell

Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

This may be re-posted in the Honor of his death and the death of any Law Enforcement Officer!

Investigator David L Bell (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Collumbia, SC

December 18, 2013

Rest In Peace Brother

Captain Steve Yancey
Forest Hill Police Department, TX

December 18, 2013

May God's peace be with your family. Thank you for your dedication. Rest in peace sir.

Dwayne Murphy, Reserve Officer
Red Bay Police Dept. Alabama

December 18, 2013

Rest in Peace, Brother. Thank you for your service.

Sgt. Kevin J Kratz
Buena Vista Twp Police (Michigan)

December 18, 2013

Another "Hero" taken.
You helped make this world a safer place to live.
May God grant you eternal peace.
Prayers to your loved ones and to your department.

Det. Billy Russo (Ret.)
Nassau County PD, NY

December 18, 2013

May the good lord welcome you with open arms, for you have done your job well

Douglas J. Maykowski Reserve Deputy
Macomb County Sheriff Mt. Clemens Michigan

December 18, 2013

My thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and co-workers of Trooper David Cunniff. Another Hero taken too soon. May God comfort you and your family as you go and touch the face of God.
Your honorable service and sacrifice and bravery to the citizens of New York will not be forgotten. God Speed and God Bless. Rest in Peace Sir.

May the sons of Trooper Cunniff, know that their Daddy, is a HERO who we will not forget and will forever be in his debt for all he has done for us. Trooper Cunniff. Thank You for your service and protection to us all, may you rest in peace. God bless you and your family.

Final Salute

VIPS 750 Jeff Claybern
Alexandria Kentucky Police Department

December 18, 2013

God Bless you and your family.

KY Probation & Parole

December 18, 2013

Rest in Peace David. Thank you for your service. You will never be forgotten.


December 18, 2013

So Sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family and fellow officers

Myra Hanna
Mother of Fallen Officer Douglas Hanna EOW 4/21/13

December 18, 2013

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

John 5:24


Carlos ES. Sgt.

December 18, 2013

Dave, you will never be forgotten. You will always be in our hearts. Play that guitar loud in heaven brother!

K. Compton & Family, Detective
Portsmouth PD

December 18, 2013

Sorry for your loss.

Constable William Sowell
Nacogdoches County Pct. 1

December 18, 2013

I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.
Yours, very sincerely and respectfully,
Abraham Lincoln

Sergeant Eric Kemmer #142
Nevada Highway Patrol

December 18, 2013

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